You will need a 5G capable smartphone with a carrier data plan that is supported by a 5G network in your area.
If you currently own a 5G smartphone then you will be able to benefit from 5G. However, if you have a smartphone that is only 4G/LTE enabled, you will only be able to get data speeds up to 4G LTE.
5G capability is one of many factors in a smartphone's cost and generally does not greatly impact the monthly or total cost of the phone. Pricing of each 5G capable phone will vary by manufacturer.
4G/LTE will continue to be an important network for years to come as 5G networks work in sync with existing 4G/LTE networks.
5G uses the same amount of data when using your smartphone for typical tasks like streaming videos/music, browsing social media, downloading files, etc. With the increased speeds of 5G, your phone usage may increase, leading to more data consumption.
Some carriers may offer 5G specifc plans. Visit our mobile experts at a WIRELESSWAVE for more details.
No, you do no need more data to use 5G. However, with the increased potential of the 5G network, it is recommended to upgrade to a phone plan that supports unlimited data. For example, with 5G, streaming 4k content without buffering will become possible, but you will consume more data.
Under ideal situations, 5G will be able to reach speeds that are 20x of 4G (up to 20Gbps). Technically, 5G will offer much higher speeds compared to cable home internet. But this will depend on the cable type that is being used to deliver internet service to your home and the 5G network coverage in your area. Visit our mobile experts in-store for details regarding 5G speeds in your area.
Carriers have now rolled out 5G networks in many marketing including major Canadian cities like Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa.
You may be eligible for an early upgrade while under contract. Visit our mobile experts at WIRELESSWAVE for more details.
Most carriers are not currently supporting 5G networks outside of Canada. But with a roaming plan you may be able to use your device at 4G/LTE speeds in certain countries. Contact your service provider for more information or visit our mobile experts in-store for more details.
If you are in an area where 5G network coverage is not yet available, your 5G device will automatically use the 4G/LTE network speeds.